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The Best Bookstores for Austin Readers

Escaping into a book is an ideal way to unwind. Find your next favorite read at one of the following local bookstores that are home to much more than just popular titles.

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Black Pearl Books

7112 Burnet Rd.

Community is a huge focus at Black Pearl Books, which was founded by Katrina and Eric Brooks when they noticed their children’s classroom education could use some supplementing with additional books and learning materials. Dedicated to diversity and inclusion, the store also has a book exchange section, where visitors can take a book and leave something to share.

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5501 North Lamar Blvd.

One of the last feminist bookstores in the United States, BookWoman started out as a women’s collective more than 45 years ago and has maintained its dedication to supporting Austin’s LGBTQ+ community through several moves around Austin. The store carries a wide selection of multicultural fiction, poetry and children’s books, and has been located at its current home on North Lamar since 2008.

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603 North Lamar Blvd.

A two-story building with practically every book you can think of — skip the online search and head to BookPeople. On top of its wide reading selection, guests can peruse the shop’s amazing selection of gifts, notecards and calendars near the register. Take advantage of the staff’s expertise by checking out their book recommendations, shared on note cards throughout the store.

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Austin Public Library Recycled Reads Bookstore

5335 Burnet Rd.

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly experience, head to Recycled Reads. The Austin Public Library gives its weeded material to the shop, which also takes donations from the public to sell. Deals are available for books, board games, puzzles and more, with all proceeds benefiting the Austin Public Library. A sustainable and affordable option for all readers, most books range from 50 cents to $2 each.

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Reverie Books

5330 Menchaca Rd., Unit D

Reverie Books, formerly Good Buy Books, was purchased by Thais Perkins and Maryann Cicala in 2021 when previous owner David Schunk wanted to retire. Schunk, a 70-year-old Vietnam veteran, is now a business partner with Perkins, and the re-branded shop pays homage to its original name with a Good Buy Books sign present inside. Reverie Books is particularly dedicated to its South Austin community, highlighting works from local authors and hosting readings and performances from Austin poets and songwriters.

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Austin Books & Comics

5002 North Lamar Blvd.

This one’s for the comic book fans. Austin Books & Comics has been open since 1977, catering to many fandoms along the way. The retailer has an unmatched stock of comics, of course, but also carries many graphic novels, toys, posters and collectibles. Visit Austin Books & Comics website for its Pick of the Week and find your new favorite comic.

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Resistencia Books

2000 Thrasher Ln.

This independent bookstore specializes in Native American, Latinx and African-American literature, among other subjects. The neighborhood shop also hosts events, serves as a meeting space for local organizations and highlights the work of emerging authors.

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Half Price Books

2929 S Lamar Blvd, 5555 N Lamar Blvd, 2506 W Parmer Ln, Multiple locations

Whether you’re buying or selling, you’ll find previously loved gems at Half Price Books. With multiple locations across Austin, this classic book shop is a convenient stop to pick up a new novel or to search for beautiful coffee table books.

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South Congress Books

3703 Kerbey Ln

This Austin staple is a must-visit. South Congress Books stocks vintage and collectable used books for a sustainable way to read. You’ll find everything from classic literature to fine collections of photography. This charming storefront on Kerbey Lane is the perfect place to find a unique gift for the reader in your life.

children’s section of First Light Books (photo by Heidi Okla)

First Light Book Shop

4300 Speedway Unit 104

This locally owned bookshop is full of character. Located in the Hyde Park neighborhood, First Light Book Shop is a cozy spot where you can spend hours sipping coffee and reading your favorite books. Sign up for their membership experience which gets you discounted books, coffee, and access to exclusive author events and readings.

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Vintage Bookstore & Wine Bar 

1101 E 11th St

Vintage Bookstore & Wine Bar is more than just a bookstore. Step inside this Eastside shop and you’ll feel right at home. Whether you’re meeting up with your monthly book club or taking a solo afternoon, there is ample space for lounging and gathering at this locally-owned store. With a glass of wine from their wine bar and a good book, a day at Vintage is the ideal weekend activity. 

This guide included contributions from Avery Matschek and Morgan Seminaro